The 14th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, is set to take place August 24-26, 2012. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.
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Sunday, August 26 • 7:15pm - 9:05pm
Beyond the Black Rainbow

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Beyond the Black Rainbow tells the story of the Arboria Institute, a heavily funded alternative psychotherapy clinic that seems to have gone horribly wrong. The year is 1983, and Dr. Barry Nyle, a mysterious and tormented figure has taken the reins from Arboria's founder. He observes as his one patient, Elena, attempts an escape that leads to more nightmares around each corner.

 One of the more difficult films to describe, Beyond the Black Rainbow is so visually and tonally assaulting that it's really hard to pinpoint exactly where it comes from. It's like an LSD-induced journey through elements of 2001, Knight Rider, the experimental films of Richard Kern, Demon Seed, and 80's slasher films. To say that it's nightmarish is true, but it also carries with it a hypnotic beauty reflected by the neo-futuristic sets, the droney synth score, and the sharp cinematography. By Panos Cosmatos, it's one of the most startling directorial debuts in years.

To watch the trailer, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWF0bBKhe6o

Sunday August 26, 2012 7:15pm - 9:05pm CDT
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203

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